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11-27-2013 09:08 PM
TQA
Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

Well I guess I must be doing something wrong but the failure mode is not consistent. From left to right.

1 Totally dead. It shut down on passage and nothing I did raised a beep or anything on screen.

2 Still works but usually goes to a blank display with a black vertical line after a few minutes. Does not respond to power off button, but unplugging and plugging in will restart it.

3 On connection it powers up without use of the on button and finds satellites and displays a position. Does not respond to any button input.

4 On power up it finds a satellite or two then shuts down.

5 Yup I am crazy I bought number 5 today. So far so good!
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PS Yes I do still have a sextant and about once a year I shoot the mid day sun for old times sake and calculate my position.
11-26-2013 08:25 PM
duchess of montrose
Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

you should buy a sextant clearly gps's dont like you. but seriously i carry two handhelds as backup and i have a standard horizon chart plotter. My standard horizon is below deck in my nav station so i can't cmment on how it holds up outdoors, but i will say the handhelds which is all i had before i installed the chart plotter while very waterproof and foolproof run thru alot of batteries, like you should buy stock in duracell if you use one constantly
11-26-2013 08:16 PM
Omatako
Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

Quote:
Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
You must be rough on your gear.
I have a 72 and a 76 for a while now, and they're still ticking.
I'll second that.

I have sailed many thousands of miles with a 72 and before that a 76 (same thing) and only on my very first unit back in probably 1999 one of the buttons broke off which was then a known problem (rubber membrane was too thin) and subsequently modified. My unit was replaced with a new one no questions asked.

Since then I have added two 72 units for redundancy, one is 3 years old and still in it's factory packaging. They never seem to give any problems. But to be fair, mine have an easy life. They only get switched on twice a day when I want to update my position on the paper chart (sorry I still use those ). The rest of the time they're cozy in the chart table.
11-26-2013 07:42 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

I found it best to buy any Garmin product form a large store which has it's own warrantee, as I found Garmin's warrantee quite useless.
11-26-2013 10:36 AM
christian.hess
Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ishtime Sailor View Post
As far as a surge protector, the answer is yes. It does have one. Any Garmin that uses that particular cigerette plug has a built in surge protector.
does this apply to the hardwire kit? I dont have the ciggarette adapter, so far I only use batteries...especially on the bike


wonder if I should refrain from hardwiring it in the meantime? ive had it for 3 years now
11-26-2013 09:53 AM
Jeff_H
Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

It does sound like you are tough on your GPS's. I currently have three Garmin's, two of which are handhelds. The oldest handheld is 16 years old, and the newest handhled is 10 years old. Both of these units have worked reliably. I do keep all three of them out of the sun when not in use, putting them below when on the hook or back at the dock.

I did have a screen go bad on the older unit roughly 16 years ago, and was amazed at Garmin's service on that. They have a 'reconditioning center'. For a fixed fee (something like $40) you can send in your old unit and get a reconditioned unit back. That reconditioned unit has worked for the 16 years since and was just used this fall by a friend who borrowed it for a trip he was making.

My boat came with a Raymarine GPS which I never liked and was delighted to swap out when my boat was hit by lightning a decade ago.

Jeff
11-25-2013 10:41 PM
Ishtime Sailor
Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

As far as a surge protector, the answer is yes. It does have one. Any Garmin that uses that particular cigerette plug has a built in surge protector.
11-25-2013 10:32 PM
Ishtime Sailor
Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

I have to agree with the other posts. Garmin H/H GPSs are pretty reliable . If it is a low voltage issue, try keeping AA batteries in it. All Garmin GPSs have an internal automatic transfer switch which will use external power if provided but if voltage drops or gets turned off, it will automatically transfer to the batteries. Also, there is a voltage gauge in the data menu, if it reads lower than your house bank's actual voltage, you may have a bad or over crowded ground which will mimic a low voltage problem and turn the unit off. Good luck.
11-25-2013 09:11 PM
aeventyr60
Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

I've gone through 2 Garmins. Hard use over many miles. Think they are excellent kit, but decided to move on to a Furuno GP 32. Fixed mount, large screen. A bit more spendy, will see how it does for a few years.
11-25-2013 09:03 PM
TQA
Re: Am I crazy to buy another Garmin GPS

Quote:
Originally Posted by fiberglass1 View Post
If you've gone through 4 units served by the same power source then I would be suspicious of the source. Electronics don't like spikes or low voltage.
Have you checked out Garmin's help line via internet? They've been extremely helpful to me and they have a flat fee repair service for non-warranty units. They couldn't fix my 8 year old Fish Finder/GPS unit so they sent me a new one for the price of the repair ($310).
Heck, it would have cost me more than that just to change the hole it came out of (to fit a new, different one) which was a carbon fiber panel!
Hmm good point on the supply voltage. I have run them all on the same power point via the Garmin cigarette lighter cord. I think it is a pretty stable supply as I have 675 amp hours of house battery mostly fed by a solar pack and a separate starter battery. The engine driven alternator has the Balmar regulator which ramps it up slowly.

Does anyone know if the 12 volt Garmin supply lead has built in surge protection?

If not is there a good surge protector around that will last in a marine environment.
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